What To Watch: 05/21/2021

Yesterday was “National Streaming Day,” and we’d have done some celebrating here but it’s clearly a Roku created holiday and we will not support Big Roku. Moreover, we’re stunned that they would do this on a Thursday, messing with our branding attempts for “Streaming Friday.” Friday is clearly the day for streaming (coinciding with the traditional movie and more recent music debut day). Anyway, we do love our Roku and here’s our belated celebration of NSD. Spoiler Alert: there’s a lot of new shows.

BRAD’S PICK:
Army of the Dead [Netflix]
Seeing as how the Snyder Cut made him the king of the superhero movie it may be easy to forget that Zach Snyder got his start in the zombie genre with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake. Well the man the myth the legend has returned to genre with Army of the Dead. A heist set against a zombie apocalypse? Ohhhh yeah. The cast is pretty great too including Dave Bautista and Tig Notaro. Oh and there’s a zombie tiger. All that’s missing is a football to the groin.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Solos [Amazon Prime]
Amazon’s newest anthology series stars Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens, and Constance Wu. Through character-driven stories, the series aims to prove the hippie ideal that we’re all connected.

JASON’S PICK:
The Bite [Spectrum]
Big zombie energy this Friday, and this one comes from the sector of the genre that gave us Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland (and arguably all the Evil Deads). The Good Wife/Fight creators Robert and Michelle King take their shot at undead parody with Taylor Schilling and Audra McDonald in the lead as the COVID outbreak takes a new turn as walkers have their way with the big city. It’s not the Kings first use of horror satire to make a socio-political point as they had the underrated BrainDead

NAVANI’S PICK:
Pause with Sam Jay [HBO, 9p]
On the heels of her uber successful and hilarious Netflix comedy special, Sam Jay returns ready to tackle the late-night talk sphere. More like turn it on its head. Her show will tackle issues, and have great interviews, it just won’t look like what we’ve been accustomed to–which is a GOOD THING. She promises no desks and no camera-facing monologues. I’m looking forward to this less contrived approach to conversations!

BRAD’S OTHER PICK:
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. [Hulu]
M.O.D.O.K has always been one of Marvel’s most bizarre yet loved villains. Well if you ever wanted to see him in an animated workplace comedy voiced by Patton Oswalt your day has arrived. The stop motion style and biting humor will make this worth watching. I just hope the mental organism designed only for killing becomes a household name like Groot.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • What the world needs now is another men dumb, women complicated, let’s have a baby comedy, so thankfully AppleTV is brought us Trying. In fairness, the British show created and completely written by Andy Wolton and starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith as the couple in question has received great reviews, so while we stand by our cynical mini-rant, this one might not be all that bad.
  • We’re a little more fond of the dorky person becomes a superhero genre and Spain’s The Neighbor starring Quinn Gutierrez as the stoner slacker Javier who stumbles across a suit and, por extraño que perezca, becomes the greatest Spanish hero, is a fun one. Its second and final season drops on Netflix today.
  • While we didn’t think we had a side in the recent real life royal rumble, we are quickly becoming Team Harry Markle. The prince-in-semi-exile’s latest project is teaming with Oprah and using the power of celebrity confessionals to help shine a light on mental illness. The program is The Me You Can’t See and it’s on Apple TV.
  • Look at that picture and tell us it’s possible to hate on Alecia Beth Moore, aka pop/R&B/rock star P!nk. Even her use of punctuation as part of a name is charming. Click this link to watch her schooling Nas on just how to handle a Billy Eichner interview. Amazon Prime profiles her in P!NK: All I Know So Far.
  • If you’re looking to go “inside” stuff, on Disney+ we’ve got the latest Inside Pixar: Unpacked while on PBS there’s Inside the Met.
  • Let’s end it all–or at least this feature–with a venture into the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex. Tonight, Lifetime debuts Tracking a Killer, in which either Brandon Flowers is shot with a tranquilizer dart before being released back into the wild or a mom has to track down the murderer of one of her daughter’s track-and-field friends before said child spends her life in the clink. Honestly, it sounds like we made both of these up this week.

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